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Lest we forget - ANZAC DAY felted poppy project

by Rewa Nolan May 01, 2020

Lest we forget - ANZAC DAY felted poppy project

Felted Red Poppy Project

6am - 25th April - The gate is heavy and takes some strength to shift it sideways just enough to pass through to the empty road. I hear my dog breathing beside me. He is black so I can't make him out but I feel him next to me. 

I check my eyes to see if they are open, it's pitch black with them open or shut. Either way I'm the only sole on my street.

I hear a seagull not unusual for where I am 100 meters away from the ocean on the volcanic shores of Akaroa, Banks Peninsula.

His cry takes my thoughts to his feathered friend the war pigeon - messengers with more courage than feathers yet wings that could take the 100 plus km in a day to deliver important messages back to their home coop behind the lines.

Military messengers trained for their speed,  altitude and homing ability. The Dickin Medal which was the highest award given to animals was presented to 32 pigeons!

Honoured: the WW1 pigeons who earned their wings - Telegraph
The medal was awarded 54 times between 1943 and 1949 – to 32 pigeons, 18 dogs, 3 horses, and a ship's cat – to acknowledge actions of gallantry or devotion during the Second World War and subsequent conflicts. The awarding of the medal was revived in 2000. - Wikipedia.
My mind turned to the red poppy and what the origin of this symbol of remembrance was. The site would have been remarkable with thousands of red poppies blooming over the graves of soldiers in France and Belgium.
Explore the unlimited potential of needle felting with Barbara Allen. There is a beautiful project in this great book with stunning red poppies.


Create your own adorable figures, beautiful flowers and scenes, striking jewellery and embellishments all in flat or sculpted felt. With just a little wool, a felting needle and this book you can create unique and wonderful felted works of art.

If you haven’t tried needle felting, here is the book to inspire you. Barbara, a popular teacher and author, explains and illustrates all the techniques, materials and equipment needed. For each project there are step-by-step instructions and full colour photographs of each process.

There are projects for beginners and skilled felters and each project builds on the knowledge gained. By the book’s end you will be experienced and confident to create your own masterpiece or try one of Barbara’s beautiful Gallery pieces.
The book provides all the templates for the projects.


Smaller needle felting projects, packs include fibre, needles and instructions.
No experience necessary just a piece of foam to rest on.

A great Kit to gift to yourself or someone special. Includes the book with 15 great projects, needles, foam and fibre to keep you busy over winter.


Be sure to join our Facebook community and enjoy sharing projects and ideas with others who share a passion for crafted living.



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